10 January 2013
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It appears that 8pm is the magic hour.
Yesterday evening, for the first time ever, Phineas went back to his own cage to eat! He had been out for hours & had not eaten. Even when the Manor was open he would only ever steal a seed or two as he would be too excited to actually stop to eat.
Several times I have thought of leaving him out & waiting for him to go back of his own accord (without having the song & dance of grabbing him) but he has never shown any interest in his own lodgings….. until last night, at 8pm, when he made his way back to eat supper (well, actually lunch, afternoon tea & supper rolled into one). Hallelujah! As it was near bedtime, I closed the door behind him. Ideally, I would like him to know that going back for seed does not mean he will be locked in but as it was late I felt there was not much choice.
This evening, at a few minutes to 8pm, he went back in again for seed! So, that is two evenings now when I have not had to chase him! Underneath it all, he is a very good boy. 🙂